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entered the arena. chuck hagel, the purple heart recipient from the vietnam war, the former senator, nominated to be secretary of defense. his former colleagues met him with a fuselage of critical questions today, and abc's chief washington correspondent jonathan karl tells us about the fiery day. >> reporter: he's a vietnam veteran and former republican senator, but today chick hagel found himself and his judgment under attack by a fellow republican and vietnam vet. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be -- >> the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since -- >> since vietnam. were you correct or incorrect? >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer on a lot of things today. >> well, let the record show that you refused to answer that question. >> reporter: hagel eventually did answer, standing by his words on the iraq war, and revealing something about the kind of defense secretary he hopes to be. >> i saw the consequences and the suffering and the horror of war. so -- i did question a surge. this going to be worth the sa
will have to wait at least another week for an up or down vote in the senate. it now appears chuck hagel will get the vote when senators return. two top republicans say they will stop efforts to stall his confirmation. that filibuster came a day after hagel was approved by the armed services by a party-line vote. one of his most vocal opponents says while he doesn't believe hague sell qualified, he won't hold up the process. >> i thought we had an agreement to wait a week so the remaining questions would be answered, but i understand the white house wanted a vote. they got a vote. we will have a vote when we get back. i'm confident that senator hagel will probably have the votes necessary to be confirmed as the secretary of defense. >> the gop it says blocked hagel's nomination in an effort to further examine his record and views on israel and iran. senate majority leader harry reid hopes to bring a final vote to the floor when congress goes back in session next monday. >>> so residents in coastal new england are cleaning up after yet another blast of winter weather following the big bli
the sequester from kicking in? on other news chuck hagel has been confirmed as the next secretary of state. pat roberts warns there could be demons from the clothes you buy from thrift stores. watch out. all right. all of that's come up and a whole lot more but first the latest. here she is with today's current news update, our good friend lisa ferguson out in los angeles. hi, lisa. good morning to you. >> hey bill. good morning everyone. dc is unveiling a new statue of rosa parks today. : this will be the first full-size depiction of any african-american. the capitol does have busts of martin luther king, jr. and sew journer truth. congressional's leaders are saying it's a watershednent our history. >>> the president is speaking and answering questions at the business council dinner in d.c. obama is voicing his opinion on chuck hagel's long-awaited confirmation saying the u.s. has the secretary that our troops deserve. it was close but lawmakers did confirm hagel 58 to 41. he is scheduled to be sworn in today. that means hagel now heads into office with a
for functionality and bipartisanship, republicans kept themselves busy securing defense secretary chuck hagel. it began when freshman senator proposed that maybe hagel was beloved by iran. okay, katty, what -- north korea is conduct oing -- >> there's no foundation to it. but you put it out there and you hope there's some traction to it. >> ted cruz doesn't have a bone to pick with chuck hagel. but this is mccain being angry -- >> about contain stood up at the end of that and said we shouldn't besmirch chuck hagel with what is happening. >> on that point, there is threatened a walkout on this committee vote. i'm told by folks, there are folks like mccain, the older guard saying to younger republicans do not do. that. >> mickey did not vote for hagel. it's complete insanity here. >> no one commenting on whether he would make a good secretary of defense or not. >> or asking relevant questions. >> i actually do think maybe a larger question, ted cruz and rand paul, you sort of look at them together, this is an emerging wing of new republican senators. you look at ryan and rubio on the hill as th
speech last night, members of congress were locked in a bitter fight over the nomination of chuck hagel as the next secretary of defense. in a sharply divided 14-11 vote, the armed services committee sent hagel's nomination to the senate floor but only after hours of intense debate. >> we saw, with his nomination, something truly extraordinary, which is the government of iran formally and publicly praising the nomination of a defense secretary. i would suggest to you that to my knowledge, that is unprecedented to see a foreign nation like iran publicly celebrating a nomination. >> i want to put on the record that this senator feels like that senator cruz has gone over the line. he basically has impugned the patriotism of the nominee in your conclusions, which you are entitled to come to, about him, in essence, about being cozy with iran. >> my friend, senator nelson, i wrote down the words, criticizing our senator there for implying that chuck hagel was cozy with terrorist-type countries, referring to iran. i'd say he's endorsed by them. you can't get any doze zier than that. >> i've go
of chuck hagel to be secretary of defense. while we were home last week, i had the opportunity to watch the senate confirmation hearing, and i was dismayed by the way many of the republicans on that hearing chastised mr. hagel. mr. hagel is a man of integrity. i -- the question from one of the senators about, do you think the surge worked, and senator hagel was such he didn't want to give him a direct answer. i would have said no, it didn't work. 1,200 americans killed. i don't know how many iraqis. look at the country today. it is totally falling apart. that was a question towards senator hagel. . the iraq war was very unnecessary. it was manufactured by the previous administration, and there was a marine general, greg newbold, who actually wrote an article in "time" after the war started and one of the points he made that i'm going to share with you, mr. speaker, is some of the missteps included the distortion of intelligence in the buildup to the war. the distortion of intelligence in the buildup to the war. in the history of washington, if ever our government needed integrity, it's
freshman senator ted cruz of texas put on an ugly performance when he questioned chuck hagel's money. >> i will point out that right now this committee knows absolutely nothing about the personal compensation chuck hagel received in 2008 and 2009 or 2010. we do not know, for example, if he received compensation for giving paid speeches at extreme or radical groups. >> well, cruz's attacks were so over the line that even john mccain who lamb basted hagel a week ago came to the senator's defense. >> senator hagel is an honorable man. he has served his country and no one on this committee at any time should impugn his character or his integrity. >> that's what cruz was doing. and john boehner couldn't stick to the script today for the softer, gentler, kinder gop. he told reporters at a breakfast briefing that obama doesn't have -- this is the new phrase. he doesn't have the guts to cut spending. today more republican intransigents are holding up again by demanding the speaker -- actually harry reid from nevada come up with 60 votes to move forward the vote. and senator rand paul put a hold on
the myth that chuck hagel spoke to a nonexistent hamas group. >> exactly. and then they dig their heels in. basically what happened this guy dan friedman wrote -- he was trying to get out of his sources for stories, and he was joking around with the republican senate aide. he is like did he get money from this or that group. >> stephanie: he said has he given a speech to the friends of hamas. >> so this senate aid -- and friedman checked back in anything from friends from hamas? so all of a sudden this senate aid must have been gossiping around the office because right-martin news -- >> stephanie: there is the headline. [♪ "world news tonight" theme ♪] >> stephanie: white house spokesman ducks questions on friends of hamas. >> yes and then dan freedman comes out and explained why this probably happened and they refused to correct their story. >> stephanie: right, and he says -- friedman says here in the article, the names were so over the top, it was clear i was talking hypothetically or hyperbolically. no one could take seriously that he would speak to them. >> how
at a farewell dinner for panetta. he will be replaced by chuck hagel if replaced by the senate. >>> and michelle obama plans to travel to chicago to attend the funeral for 15-year-old hadiya pendleton. a band student and honor opportunity who participated in the inauguration festivities. hadiya was the victim of gun violence last week. fatally shot about a mile from the obama home. >>> wall street is bracing for a blizzard. keep an eye on linkedin today. the professional social media network shot up 10%. thanks to earnings that dealer doubled. >>> boeing stocks go higher. federal investigators have given the green light to testing of the dreamliner. >>> we'll see how apple fared day after. david iron horn called the company out for the bailout of cash. apple said it's consider the proposal of shares. they could build a stack of dollar bills. 9,000 miles high. they could foot the country's education bill for two years. they could give every apple employee a $1.7 million bonus. or better yet, give every american a check for $437. >>> back to the real world where hewlett-packard is following in app
of -- >> stephanie: he literally said should the president withdraw chuck hagel's nomination? don't you think he should start over? >> no. >> he just went through committee. what are you talking about? >> yes, he should remove anybody that jim inhoff doesn't like. that's essentially what it is. >> here's what jim inhoff -- hagel was endorsed by iran. >> he and cruz both said that yesterday. >> stephanie: he called out cruz for insinuating hagel may have received funds from extreme groups. i think i wrote down the word he was criticizing our senator for implying hagel was cozy with terrorist type countries. i would say he's endorsed by them. you can't get any cozier than that. really? he's a republican! chuck hagel! and yet the president's not doing enough bipartisan outreach. >> chuck hagel is unfortunately does not believe in carpet bombing as a solution to a diplomatic problem. and cruz and inhoff both do because they're big christians, apparently. they believe that the abject is like -- all drone striking single target aside, they believe in wiping out miles and miles of city blocks to get --
in benghazi. >> i don't think we should allow brennan to go forward for the cia directorship, hagel to be confirmed as secretary of defense until the white house gives us an accounting, did the president ever pick up the phone and call anyone in the libyan government to help these folks? what did the president do? yes, i'm going to ask my colleagues just like they did with john bolton, joe biden said, no confirmation without information. no confirmation without information. >> you are saying that you are going to block the nominations -- you're going to block them from coming to a vote until you get an answer? >> yes. >> now, john mccain has already think that he doesn't think republicans ought to filibuster this. what will you do? you're just going to put a hold on it? >> yeah, i'm not filibustering. this is a national security failure of monumental proportions, and i'm not going to stop until we get to the bottom of it. >> first of all, i'm shocked. you know, lindsey graham doesn't usually like getting in front of a camera and going on the sunday talk shows. so i'm shocked that li
president obama's nominee to be the new secretary of defense, chuck hagel. whether or not they filibuster him that. >> don't have the votes, although at least one republican senator is threatening to try a filibuster anyway. senator lindsey graham of south carolina is also now threatening to put a hold on the hagel nomination, even though there is no precedent for that ever. no cabinet nomination has ever been filibustered or held by a senator. while lindsey graham is making the decision as to whether or not he wants to be famous forever for doing something nobody else has ever done in the history of the senate in order to block chuck hagel, the current defense secretary leon panetta is on his way out. they gave mr. panetta his sendoff on saturday, though it looks like he'll probably be in charge for another week or so. his time has been a period of lasting change for the u.s. military. after the end of the iraq war, he has overseen the beginning of the end of america's longest war ever in afghanistan. the clinton era policy of "don't ask, don't tell" ended under leon panetta's watch, at
returns tomorrow with the senate. chuck hagel is expected to be the next defense secretary. a boat could happen early as tuesday. and those automatic budget cuts -- budget cuts begin to kick in. on the sunday, often during, 24, we will begin with the topic of health care. specifically, medicaid. is it a good idea? we want to get your thoughts on all of this. 202 is the area code. 585-3881 for the republicans. 202-585-3880 is our democratic line. you can also join us at facebook or send us an e-mail. a couple of issues dealing with health care and the elderly. a cover story, "increased -- a crisis in plain sight." and this cover story from time magazine called, "why medical billsa re killing us." and from "the new york times," -- there is the story of one of a number of republican governors -- he said ohio would reverse this decision if the government failed to cover all the cost of the expansion. here are some details for ohio -- last year the supreme court ruling that they have the ability to tap in and out of the system. medicaid covers 2.2 million people in ohio. it is the single larg
president obama's time in office. >>> after a bitter political fight, chuck hagel now has enough votes to become the nation's next defense secretary. support from long-time republican senator richard shelby put hagel over the top. shelby says "he's probably as good as we're going to get." a confirmation vote is expected next week. >>> let's just say up front here that the teen involved in this next story is said to be okay after a videotaped accident from about three weeks ago. check out the teenager hanging from a ski lift in new mexico. it's believed he had thrown a snowball and slipped out of the chair. he fell, boom, right there, 45 feet. he suffered a concussion, a skull fracture and several internal injuries as well. but now we believe he's home and will be fine. don't mess around on the ski lift, folks. >> not the place to do that. >>> boeing is proposing a temporary fix today to the problematic batteries on its 787 dreamliners. those batteries are blamed for at least two incidents which the batteries either caught fire or smoldered, causing smoke on board. the 787s have been gr
's blocking of further consideration of the nomination of chuck hagel to be the next secretary of defense. we'll be back here in chicago as soon as the president arrives. >> good morning, thanks for talking with us. >> how unusual is it to have the president's pick blocked at this stage of the game? guest: it is very unusual. the senator has never filibustered the president's nomination for the defense secretary. the most bizarre thing, i think, is probably the most frustrating for the people watching this, particularly outside of washington, is that you know, former senator hagel is former republican senator, mind you. the reason why it was defeated because the majority leader harry reid switched his vote to no so he could bring the vote back up again after the senate comes back from recease. a lot of republican senators were saying that they did not want this choice filibustered. even if they wanted to vote no on his nomination he at least deserves an up down vote in order to be approved. the republicans decided to use this vote as a way to extract more information from the white house on i
: so i can't even remember who. david gregory asked somebody, should the president withdraw chuck hagel's nomination? no! should he just step down and nominate someone else? >> no! >> stephanie: what? no! >> perhaps a republican? chuck hagel is a republican! >> twit! >> bill press had a really good point this morning. he and i are getting really tired of seeing john mccain and lindsey graham every single sunday on every single show! >> stephanie: the senator of the green room. [ ♪ "world news tonight" ♪ ] i was just going to get to that. lindsey graham will permanently -- on the couch or in a green aren't. he threatened to block votes on nominees for c.i.a. director and defense secretary until the administration gives more information about benghazi. well i declare -- i'll be sipping my mint julep. >> i don't think we should allow brennan to go forward for the c.i.a. directorship. hagel to be confirmed to secretary of defense until the white house gives us an accounting. >> stephanie: then he. >> announcer: ed away. >> was he one of the guys who gave -- there are some senators that
see mr. producer? i see chuck hagel. what kind of a commander in chief would nominate somebody like chuck hagel to be secretary of defense. i'll tell you what kind of commander in chief. the kind of commander in chief that arms the muslim brotherhood, regime in cairo. hollowing out the greatest military force on the face of the earth under his direct command, the united states military. >> wow. >> does he get to yell like that for four years. >> stephanie: he will be making more regular appearances on hannity's show. >> don't call me crazy. >> stephanie: eric, what kind of commander in chief would nominate -- >> exactly. how dare he? how dare he nominate a nebraska, republican vietnam veteran to be secretary of defense. so much for outreach, right? so much for obama working across party aisles. >> stephanie: you're right. the yelling makes it better. if you can't be right be loud. >> the press for four years demanded why can't obama make d.c. bipartisan? why can't he fix this bipartisan gap? so he -- he nominates a republican. sends him up for a hearing and the republicans maul chuc
. thanks, tahman. >>> and more political news this morning. chuck hagel could be approved as defense secretary by the end of the week. on a partly line vote of 14-11, the committee has voted to send his nomination. it now appears there are enough votes to approve it. >>> chris kyle has been lied to rest in texas. family members and fellow s.e.a.l.s looked on as his motorcade moved for burial. he was shot by an iraq war vet earlier this month at a gun range. >>> millions of christians around the world observed the beginning of lent today. in one of his last official duties, pope benedict celebrates the ash wednesday mass at the vatican. it marks the first time the pope has been seen in public since his bombshell resignation announcement. his term will officially end the last day of the month, february 28th. >>> and bookies are taking big bets on who will be chosen as the next pope. marc ouellet is the favorite. >>> people in cape cod are still struggling to clean up from last week's monster blizzard. the storm also caused widespread beach erosion, washing away 20 feet to 30 feet of re
for the cia, chuck hagel for defense and even john kerry for secretary of state. dick cheney believes that these people will put our country at risk, and particularly, he singled out chuck hagel, he thinks, dick cheney thinks barack obama nominated because he wants to have g.o.p. street cred and look, i have a republican here in my cabinet or nominated a republican so everybody be quiet. >> mike: and he says the choices were dismal and kind of seems like the country agrees. look at the latest fox news poll when it comes to this point. is the country today weaker compared to five years ago? 48%, almost half of us say it's weaker, less powerful. >> alisyn: half of that say it's stronger and more powerful. 27% say the same as before. they're not quite sure. and no wonder, a rough five years. >> the remarkable thing in another poll in the same series of polls, people are asked is thet bigger and more powerful. and the overwhelming majority says yes. the irony, even as government is more powerful domestically on everything we do, and we become weaker internationally. are they connected. >>
hours the democratically controlled senate will once again hold a test vote on the nominee chuck hagel. he failed to meet the 60-vote threshold earlier this month amid concerns about his record. it was the first time the senate successfully filibustered a cabinet nominee. a final vote could be held tomorrow if hagel reaches 60 votes. >> notice anything different in these pictures? apparently first lady michelle obama's oscar dress is a little racy for iran, so they photo shopped it. during a report on the oscars, the first lady's dress suddenly had a high neckline and sleeves. mrs. obama helped announce "argo" as the winner of best picture which iranian officials also slammed as propaganda for the c.i.a. calling the oscars politically motivated. i actually like the dress on the right. i don't know what that means. >>brian: i didn't know iran had colorforms. what does iran think about the way ben affleck think about the way it was depicted? do you think it was for diplomatic reasons where they captured our hostages? do we skew that? >>steve: iran said it is basically farcical about the
will have its vote on the nomination of former senator chuck hagel to be secretary of defense. we will see that at 2:30 this afternoon live on c-span3. you can also find that on our website, c-span.org. we're asking you whether stated the union addresses matter. our next caller is in des moines on our independent lineh independenti, doug. caller: good morning. i agree with some of the previous callers stating that we are going to hear a lot of what we have already heard from the president. one of the things i would like to hear is something maybe the republicans can address, is we give all these illegal immigrants citizenship, when happens? does that not just incur more costs? if they're not able to find a job, then they're on a social program. along the same lines, what type of jobs are they going to have that will start generating more revenue for the government? i feel like it will just cause more problems for the economy and more spending to take care of more citizens. host: mary in mississippi, republican. caller: hi. i would just like to commend the 12-year-old boy that called. it's
secretary chuck hagel, and a,14- 11, split along party lines. the nomination went to the floor and is expected to get a vote on the senate floor on thursday. we will be watching that to see who votes yes or no. in the baltimore sun -- all sell today, jack lew, president obama's nominee to be treasury secretary, he will have his confirmation hearing. we will cover that live here on c-span3 at 10:00 a.m. with live coverage of the confirmation hearing for him to become treasury secretary. we will cover that on c-span3. back to your phone calls about the state of the union address. stephen in pittsburgh, pennsylvania, democrat. caller: hello. i but it was a good speech and it contained a lot of progressive ideas that i agree with. what bothered me is we need more revenue, i agree. [indiscernible] a family member o a republican came home from germany and built the autobahn. the mayor of atlanta said one time we have the eisenhower administration, the highest margin of take-home taxes, and lowered to 71. 91%. not asking for 91% was the tax rate in the 1950's. we took care of veterans
your experience in research, what do you think of the reaction against chuck hagel's being secretary of defense, a man whose clearly reluctant to send soldiers into harm's way having been there himself. >> the question was about the former senator chuck hagel, a man with two purple hearts, shrapnel in his test, and all the controversy over him. without weighing in on him per se. i like the idea of people who served in uniform having a say in policy decisions in which men in uniform and women in uniform are sent into harm's way, as a general thought. i don't have a position on whether he should be secretary of defense. i do think it's interesting, and the last three or four weeks i've wished my show was up and running so we could talk about this at some length, but i think it's interesting, john kerry, chuck hagel, two men with, i think, five purple hearts between them, and both of them, although, they votedded for iraq and afghanistan, can't say they are completely doves, although, maybe john kerry didn't vote for iraq. i can't keep it straight, but in any case, what it does, and we
's senate republicans blocked the nomination of senator chuck hagel by voting to not proceed with debate on the motion on the nomination to be a ceq writes about although the culture effort was defeated, senators seem ready to advance the chuck hagel nomination when they get back from recess on february 25. republicans including john mccain, lindsey graham and lamar alexander said yesterday afternoon on the senate floor that while they would vote against cloture this week, they would be willing to allow nomination to move forward when congress returns after the recess. quote, i think it is efficient period of time to get answers to outstanding questions would be in effect, said senator mccain. both the senate and the house are not in the next week taking a break for the presidents' day recess. we will again bring live coverage of the senate's pro-forma session that will get underway at noon eastern on c-span2. as always you can see the house live right now on the companion network, c-span. army chief of staff general raymond odierno is at the brookings institution today. he will be talki
hagel could be approved as defense secretary by the end of the week. the armed services committee voted to send the nomination to the senate. republicans had threatened to block his nomination, but it appears there are enough votes to approve it. >>> we're learning more now about what retirement will be like for pope benedict. the soon-to-be retiree will live in a monastery and will likely give up his beloved theological writing because of his frail health. he has a pacemaker and recently underwent surgery. >> over the past few years, he's certainly slowed down a bit. you can tell he had trouble negotiating steps. he started using the cane several months ago. not huge things. but a number of smaller ones, which take their toll. >> and still left for the vatican to decide is what exactly the ex-pope will be called. we haven't had an ex-pope in six centuries. >> we have no idea what to do with him. we don't know where to put him. >> it's rare territory for the catholic church. >>> moving on to your wednesday weather. rain and mountain snow in the northwest. snow showers around fargo and t
, the armed services committee narrowly approved chuck hagel's nomination yesterday. the vote was right along party lines. senator john mccain blasted hagel's performance before the committee. >> the performance before this committee was the worst that i've seen of any nominee for office. he refused to answer a simple straightforward question. as to whether the surge was a success or not and whether he supported it or not. >> in london, there is a new phone-hacking scandal at a tabloid already brought down by hacking. we're talking about rupert murdoch's old newspaper "news of the world." six former staffers have now been arrested, accused of listening to people's private voice mails. the victims have not been identified in this case. now, police say the incidents happened somewhere between 2005, 2006, that is around the same time "news of the world" was implicated in a much bigger hacking scandal involving crime victims, celebrities, even the royal family. actor matt damon is on strike, not from hollywood, but from the bathroom. >> until everybody has access to clean water and sanitation, i
, the special election june 25. harry reid has started the confirmation for chuck hagel. sixty votes are needed to avoid a filibuster. despite republican opposition, it looks like reid may get what he needs. others have said they will at least vote the end a filibuster. we are back after the break. stick around. billy zane stars in barabbas. coming in march to reelz. to find reelz in your area, go to reelz.com [ ♪ theme ♪ ] announce announce ladies and gentlemen, it's the "stephanie miller show." net. >> yes be it do. this hour of the "stephanie miller show" brought to you by no feathers please.com. get sweet savings and take 5% off with cotton and wool bedding. shop today. stephanie: yeah, that's the only way to say i love to you mama on value len tines day is to buy something. how about sexy liberal, sexy liberal chicago april 13? megan in chicago the official alcoholic small time realtor. >> get in line, neurotic alcoholic. hello. stephanie: hello glug glug glug. stephanie: when i heard you're in my neck of the woods na perform e of the woods naperville perhaps. i had to go to the chic
past the hour. some dwchlt op senators threatening a filibuster after chuck hagel cleared a major hurdle towards becoming the next defense secretary. the senate armed services committee narrowly approved his controversial nomination yesterday. no republicans on the panel backed the former nebraska gop senator. hagel's nomination now moves to the full senate for a vote which is expected to happen this week. it could happen as early as tonight. >>> passengers on board the cruise ship triumph are at the mercy of the sea and the wind conditions. two tugboats are moving that ship crippled by an engine fire in the gulf of mexico to a port in alabama. if sea winds do not cooperate, it could mean another day stuck with deplorable conditions. including sewage and dwindling food supply. but if all goes well, the ship could arrive this mobile by this afternoon. >>> and all public schools in hamden, connecticut will be closed today. that town was literally buried under 40 inches of snow from fr last week's blizzard. the town is still in a state of emergency as 30 crews are moving snow 24 hour
secretary of defense, leon panetta who will be leaving, although chuck hagel is on the hot seat right now. he was approved out of the senate armed services committee partisan vote, 14-11 today, but the senate floor, a full vote expected sometime later this week and you see the rest of the cabinet filing in behind those two men. ed henry, chief white house correspondent is standing by on the north lawn. ed? >> reporter: and here at the white house, earlier today briefed by the president, top aides what he's going to say tonight. they're saying to me that in private the president's aides are expressing deep concerns about the economy, the recent weak economic growth, raising unemployment has sort of concerned them about the president's standing and so their goal tonight is to give the president talking about the middle class and get beyond the washington squabble about sequester and the process battles going on in washington, talk about the middle class. these democrats say the president will do that with some new plans and some old plans. a new one, for example, he'll talk about raising th
talked about chuck hagel's nomination for secretary of defense. i think it is sickening that senators like mccain, they have blackened his nomination. i think he is the best person that the time to be secretary of defense. i think mccain has a ven debt that against him. that's about it. i love this idea about tragse minimum wage. that was probably the best thing he said tonight. thank you. >> rick in virginia and he is a republican. good evening. caller: how are you? >> good. caller: first of all, let's talk about the i.r.s. and taxes. first of all, i think the i.r.s. should abolish them period. they will put a surcharge on everything. if you're a billionaire and you spend $1 billion you get taxed on it. if you come into the country illegally, you're getting taxed. i look at our government as what they are doing right now as far as retirement is concerned. they get the full paycheck no matter if they work or not. i think that is totally incorrect. it should not be like that. it should be like any other person. why should my social security money pay for their retirement. then when the
't see chuck hagel, the defense secretary nominee. he had a rough time in the nomination hearing this afternoon. ted krug, the freshman from texas, went after him so personally and so vigorously, that even john mccain and other critics of haggle came to his defense and he ended up with a 14-11 vote in committee and it will go to the floor now, so he likely will be confirmed, perhaps as soon as thursday. >> those just joining us, we want to bring you up to date on what's happening. the president has left the holding room and has approached the doorway, and you see the cameras getting ready to focus in. and you will hear him introduced by the sergeant at arms, paul irving. >> the president of the united states.3 f1 >> "the washington post" today becomes kind of a once every couple of years event, talks about how coveted the aisle seats are, how firmly protected they are by their occupants. the scramble to get a good seat, meaning face time and camera time with the president, as he comes down the hallway, say nothing of the rest of the leadership. a fixture on the aisle, somebody we
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